An initiative designed to promote research in geotechnical engineering to UK industry, sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
In November 2004 Professor Michael Davies and Dr Sarah Stallebrass coordinated an exhibit promoting research in ground engineering at the “A Celebration of UK Engineering Research and Innovation” event organised by EPSRC at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London. This exhibit, organised on behalf of the British Geotechnical Association, focussed on research relating to Exploitation of Underground Space and contained contributions from a wide range of UK institutions carrying out research in ground engineering. The exhibit demonstrated that a useful snapshot of geotechnical engineering research could be presented using a PowerPoint presentation, incorporating two or three slides for each research project, projected through a plasma screen or other means. It also illustrated the importance of explaining the underlying research techniques used.
In June 2005 Professor Davies and Dr Stallebrass obtained follow up funding to create a permanent exhibit using the same approach, but ensuring that the exhibit was mobile so that it could be transported to different geotechnical events around the country. The new exhibit will also cover the full range of ground engineering research organised into a number of themes.
The purpose of these web pages is to allow institutions to submit PowerPoint slides outlining their research and also to preview the PowerPoint presentations to be used in the Exhibit.
Themes for PowerPoint presentations
Two main types of presentation will be used in the exhibit:
- Recent developments in geotechnical engineering research, organised into 6 themes
- Research techniques used in geotechnical engineering, developed in collaboration with networks etc.
The 6 research themes will be:
- Exploiting underground space
- Ground Improvement
- Environmental Engineering
- Soil Characterisation
How to participate in the project
Universities and other research institutions undertaking research in geotechnical engineering are invited to submit up to three PowerPoint slides for each research project based on the template given below which can be downloaded from the site. The guidance with the template specifies minimum font sizes, which will ensure that the material is legible when projected.
The slides should be submitted online for the appropriate theme, using the dedicated web submission page.
The PowerPoint presentations that are created from the slides can be viewed on the preview page.
The PowerPoint template to be used for the slides can be downloaded here.
- Only three slides can be submitted for each research project
- All fonts should be Arial
- The minimum font size used on the slide should 10 point.
- The title of the project should be in 28 point
For further guidance on suitable content and layout please see the sample presentation for Exploiting Underground Space given on the preview webpage.